The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau assisted the Miss Universe Organization with planning
the 2018 MISS USA® and 2018 MISS TEEN
USA® pageants. This year’s pageant marked
the 20th anniversary of the competition’s
first appearance in the sister cities of
Shreveport-Bossier. Pageant contestants
and their families arrived in Shreveport-Bossier on May 11 and remained until
after the 2018 MISS USA® Competition
Finals May 21.
The Tourist Bureau’s assistance included
scouting for a venue, coordinating transportation, coordinating hotel room blocks,
hosting site visits for event planners, media
and promotions, selling community spon-sorships, coordinating sponsored meals for
contestants during rehearsals, and coordinating volunteers to assist with all events.
The Tourist Bureau helped secure more
than 100 local volunteers from Shreveport,
Bossier City and Barksdale Air Force Base.
Shreveport-Bossier is known to its visitors
as the epitome of Southern hospitality. Some
of the personal touches coordinated by the
Tourist Bureau included a welcome crew and
baggage handlers at the Shreveport Regional
Airport, welcome tables with goodie bags at
the two host hotels, craft services for pageant
crew daily at the main venue, and police
escorts for the contestants.
On May 13, the Tourist Bureau wel-
comed contestants and their families at a
cowboy-themed barbecue dinner at Silver
Star Smokehouse. American Idol season 16
contestant and Bossier City native Garrett
Jacobs performed live during the event.
Pageant contestants were taught how to line
dance and attendees celebrated the contes-
tants with birthdays in the month of May.
The residents of Shreveport-Bossier
welcomed MISS USA® and MISS TEEN
USA® contestants at the Mardi Gras in May
Parade on May 14, which rolled through
the heart of downtown Shreveport.
Contestants rode on floats and tossed
Mardi Gras beads to parade-goers. Other
parade participants included Shreveport’s
Mayor Ollie Tyler, Bossier City’s Mayor Lo
Walker, the Booker T. Washington High
School band, Parkway High School band,
as well as several Shreveport-Bossier Mardi
Gras Krewes and their royalty.
The Tourist Bureau also hosted a dinner
for pageant contestants entitled “The Taste
of Shreveport- Bossier” May 15 on the
rooftop of the Remington Suite Hotel in
downtown Shreveport. Nine local restau-
rant partners were invited to showcase
Shreveport-Bossier’s local cuisine.
The sold out 2018 MISS USA® Competition Finals aired live May 21 on FOX,
from George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in
EVENT // 2018 MISS USA® and 2018 MISS TEEN USA®
DATE // May 11-21, 2018